Stay Close to Mama by Toni Buzzeo

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In the wide, shining world there is so much to see, and Twiga is curious. But Twiga's tall, tall Mama wants her baby to stay close, stay safe from the dangers that lurk near each irresistible sweet smell and sparkling sight that Twiga finds.

With lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, this story of a mother's love will soothe and delight readers of all ages.

About Toni Buzzeo

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Author Bio: Toni Buzzeo is the author of several picture books for children, including The Sea Chest, illustrated by Mary GrandPre, Dawdle Duckling, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, and most recently No T.Rex in the Library, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. A School Library Media Specialist, Toni lives on an old farm in Buxton, Maine with her husband. Visit her at Bio: Mike Wohnoutka has illustrated many children’s books, including the award-winning Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog by Patricia Harrison Easton, Mama’s Little Ducking by Marjorie Parker, and most recently Can’t Sleep without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two children. You can visit him at
Published March 13, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Concerned mama giraffe knows many threats exist on the African savanna, but her little Twiga ("giraffe" in Swahili) “is so curious.” The “tall, tall mama…leans close and whispers a warning, / No, little Twiga.

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Like all babies, Twiga the giraffe is curious. He hears, smells, or sees something new and off he gallops, oblivious to the anxieties of his “tall, tall mama,” who knows that predators are everywhere

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Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE. OR. Books and ... Stay close, stay safe"), he sets off across the African savannah in search of the smell.

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